‘Evil thugs’ hold Warrenpoint family hostage

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SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has condemned the “evil thugs” who held a family hostage in Warrenpoint last night during a tiger kidnapping.

At around 8.30pm on Sunday, 2nd March, a number of men forced entry into a house in Smalls Road area of Warrenpoint.

A 57 year old woman was ordered to visit a jewellery shop in Warrenpoint and retrieve a number of items.

A 53 year old man and 20 year old woman were held captive during this time and all three victims were abandoned in a field in the Mayobridge area. The kidnappers made off from the area in an unknown vehicle.

McKevitt said the “terrifying” ordeal left three members of a family “badly shaken, but physically unhurt”.

The South Down MLA said, “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the family. The entire community is in shock at hearing something as horrific as this could happen in Warrenpoint. This was late on a Sunday evening, at half past eight when the terrible ordeal unfolded and these evil thugs subjected them to unimaginable horror.

“Everyone is relieved to hear the family is physically unhurt, but this was an extremely traumatic ordeal and they are, understandably, badly shaken. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very distressing time. I hope they can recover quickly and get on with their lives.”

Warrenpoint Councillor Michael Carr, who is current chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, also condemned the incident. “I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about what happened last night to contact the police immediately as these thugs need to be taken off the streets as soon as possible.”

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following the tiger kidnapping.

A PSNI Spokesman said, “The family have been left shaken and distressed by their ordeal. Detectives are appealing to anyone in the Warrenpoint/Burren and Mayobridge areas who noticed any type of suspicious activity, including cars or vehicles activing in a suspicious way, between 7.30pm and 10pm to contact them immediately at Ardmore Police Station on 0845 600 8000.

He added, “If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


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